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11 Contract Negotiation Strategies to Get You What You Really Want in Business

11 Contract Negotiation Strategies to Get You What You Really Want in Business

Business negotiations can be tricky. As parties go back and forth to reach an agreement, the parties are struggling for leverage and favorable terms. In most negotiations, both parties compromise on some issues. Rarely do all parties walk away from business negotiations with everything that they desired when they began the process. Even though negotiation skills are important, it is also important to remember that there is a legal aspect of business negotiations.

9 Things to Consider Before You Sell Your Business

9 Things to Consider Before You Sell Your Business

Are you ready to sell your business? You have worked hard to build your company, but it may be time to let it go. Whether you are retiring or moving on to another venture, there are many things to consider before you begin the process of marketing and selling your business. Preparing in advance is the key to maximizing the value you receive when you sell your company.

5 Key Elements for Your NDAs

5 Key Elements for Your NDAs

Businesses and companies use NDAs or Non-Disclosure Agreements to protect confidential information.  However, if an NDA does not contain certain elements, it may not be legally enforceable. A Maryland business attorney can help you ensure that you include all key elements in your company’s NDA to make the agreement effective and enforceable. Below are five key elements that a business should include in its NDAs. 

Entrepreneurs - The Ultimate Legal Resource Guide for Start-Ups in 2019

Entrepreneurs - The Ultimate Legal Resource Guide for Start-Ups in 2019

Starting a new business is exciting. You have an idea for a service or a product you are convinced consumers want. Before offering your product or service to consumers, certain practical and legal considerations must be addressed to protect your business interests and your personal interests. The decisions you make while setting up your new business venture have a significant impact on many short-term and long-term matters and issues.

Pro Tips for Reviewing Contracts

Pro Tips for Reviewing Contracts

At work, you may deal with leases, employment contracts, vendor agreements, non-disclosure agreements, and partnership agreements. If you need to review a contract, these seven pro tips from our experienced Maryland business attorney can help you cut through some of the legalese to identify the key terms contained in the contract.

[VIDEO] Start-Ups 101 - 5 Reasons Every Start-Up Should Use a Fractional General Counsel

[VIDEO] Start-Ups 101 - 5 Reasons Every Start-Up Should Use a Fractional General Counsel

The Fractional General Counsel Model utilizes an up-front fee structure customized to meet the needs of your particular business. This model is particularly beneficial for start-ups, who may not have the budget to hire a full-time counsel, but want to ensure their investment is protected. Check out our latest video on why more start-ups are using fractional general counsel.

Non-Solicitations vs. Non-Competes - Do you Know the Differences?

Non-Solicitations vs. Non-Competes - Do you Know the Differences?

Non-solicitation and non-compete agreements are used by many employers to protect an employer from an employee actively competing for business after the employee leaves the company. Even though the agreements may be similar, the agreements cover different aspects of an employee’s actions after terminating the employment relationship. Non-solicitation and non-compete agreements are typically included in an employment contract and remain in force after the employment relationship ends.

The Correct Way to Use SOWs and MSAs in Maryland

The Correct Way to Use SOWs and MSAs in Maryland

An MSA is a Master Service Agreement used by your business that creates a legal relationship between the parties by setting forth the legal terms agreed to by both parties. A SOW is a Statement of Work. SOWs are specific to a job or a client. The SOW establishes the payment terms and project-specific terms for that particular client. The SOW is attached to and governed by the terms of your standard MSA.

[UPDATED] 10 Benefits of a Fractional General Counsel and Why You Want One

[UPDATED] 10 Benefits of a Fractional General Counsel and Why You Want One

Sometimes, individuals confuse a fractional general counsel with in-house counsel because they receive many of the same services from a fractional general counsel as they do from in-house counsel, but the attorney is not an employee of the business nor does the attorney work full time for the company. A fractional general counsel is a part-time attorney who provides on-going legal services for your company at a flat-rate or fixed pricing structure.

How Should Your Small Business Respond to a Lawsuit?

How Should Your Small Business Respond to a Lawsuit?

There are things that you cannot control such as the economy, natural disasters, and the changing needs and desires of consumers. However, you can prepare for some events by purchasing insurance, developing a disaster plan, preparing a business succession plan, and working with professionals such as a Maryland business attorney, accountants, and others to ensure you have adequate plans in place should the unthinkable occur.

Should My LLC be Taxed as an S-Corporation?

Should My LLC be Taxed as an S-Corporation?

An LLC may elect how it wants to be taxed: as a sole proprietorship, partnership, S-Corp, or C-Corp. Depending on the situation, electing one income tax structure over another income tax structure for an LLC can provide important tax benefits for the company and the owner. Because tax law can be complicated, it's beneficial to discuss your concerns and needs with a Maryland business tax attorney before electing how your LLC should be treated  for tax purposes.

Thinking About Buying a Franchise? Here Are Seven Things You Should Know Before You Commit

Thinking About Buying a Franchise? Here Are Seven Things You Should Know Before You Commit

Are you interested in purchasing a franchise? Purchasing a franchise offers several benefits, such as name recognition and an established reputation. However, deciding whether a franchise is a good investment for you can be complicated. Below are seven considerations that you may want to discuss further with a Maryland business attorney before entering a franchise agreement. 

Start-Up Checklist - Ten Things You Need to Consider Before Starting Your Company

Start-Up Checklist - Ten Things You Need to Consider Before Starting Your Company

Are you ready to start a new company? If so, there are several steps you should take as you prepare to begin a new business. The steps you take now to build a strong foundation for your business can greatly impact whether your business is successful. As a Maryland business attorney, I regularly guide clients through the steps of starting a company.

Five Things Your Company Should Be Doing Under the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act

Five Things Your Company Should Be Doing Under the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act

The Maryland Healthy Working Families Act became effective as of February 11, 2018. Many employers continue to have questions regarding the Act’s requirement for employers to provide employees with ESS time (earned sick and safe leave) to care for themselves or their family members, in accordance withthe requirements of the Act. Consulting with a Maryland business attorney can help ensure you are complying with all provisions of the Act.

Want to Lower Your Tax Liability? Partner Up With Your Spouse

Want to Lower Your Tax Liability? Partner Up With Your Spouse

Are you searching for a way to lower your taxes for 2018 and beyond? If you are married, you might be able to create a partnership with your spouse to put more money in your pocket instead of Uncle Sam’s pockets. Don’t worry if you and your spouse do not work well together because your spouse can be more of a silent investor than a participating partner.

How Do You Select Your Business Formation State?

How Do You Select Your Business Formation State?

A corporation may be formed in any state while conducting business and being physically located in the business owner’s state of residence. A DC business attorney guides business owners in choosing the state for the formation of a business that offers the business the best advantages of incorporation. 

When Are You Personally Liable for Your Virginia Business Debts?

When Are You Personally Liable for Your Virginia Business Debts?

There are many different structures your business can have in Virginia, and each form has advantages and disadvantages. One of the factors people consider when deciding which type of business entity to form is the amount of protection they will have from creditors. With that in mind, when are you liable for your Virginia business debts?